Albert Hildebrandt was the youngest son of Ernestine Schalin and August Hildebrandt. He was born in Nikolajewka, Chassafiert in the Causcasus area of Russia in 1916 -- during the time German families were forcefully moved there for three years during World War I. The family was allowed to return to Volhynia, Russia (now Ukraine) in 1918. Albert grew up in Korist, Volhynia, Russia.
His family was again uprooted in 1939 and moved to a farm in the Wartegau area, which is west of Lodz, Poland. Shortly after their arrival, Albert was conscripted into the German army and sent to the Russian front.
|Albert Hildebrandt in his Germany army uniform (Courtesy of Lucille Fillenberg Effa)|
In 1952, he married Ida (Lehman) Stelter, who was a young widow. Her first husband, Reinhold Stelter was killed in Droutheim, Norway in 1944 while serving in the German army. Reinhold and Ida had one daughter, Edeltraud. She was two years old when her father was killed.
|Albert and Ida (Lehman) Stelter Hildebrandt (Courtesy of Lucille Fillenberg Effa)|